5 Things I’ve Missed About Blogging

17/02/2016 Blogging, Discussions 20

5 Things I've Missed About BloggingRecently, I’ve been pretty disconnected from the blogosphere: my new home hasn’t got any Wi-Fi set up yet, and thanks to my rapidly dwindling phone data I haven’t even been able to browse Twitter or Bloglovin much.

In some ways having this enforced break has been quite nice, as it has definitely relieved the pressure over a period that is quite stressful anyway (moving house), but it has also consolidated my love of blogging. Being unable to post has been so frustrating and has definitely shown me just how much I enjoy blogging, so I thought I’d do a quick post (yep, I’m using my Mum’s Wi-Fi again!) about all the things I’ve missed about it (and it’s only been a little over two weeks!).

  • Talking about books

The main reason I, and most other book bloggers blog is surely to talk about books with like-minded people. Thanks to a lack of bookish people in my real life, being unable to blog has left me a little starved in the book-talk department these last few weeks. Aside from a few colleagues in the staffroom commenting on the sheer size of my current read (I’ve been carting a huge hardback copy of Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance to work every day seen as the library didn’t have it in paperback) I haven’t really been able to go on one of my book rants, and my aforementioned current read is absolutely amazing, and I just want to shout it from the rooftops. WORDS OF RADIANCE IS AWESOME! PLEASE EVERYONE GO AND READ IT!!!

  • Reading other blogs

When I originally moved and had no Wi-Fi I managed to keep up with my favourite blogs using the internet on my phone. Unfortunately using my mobile data all the time meant it went down quickly, and now I’m completely internet-less when I’m at home, and it is driving me insane! I never realised how much time I spent reading other blogs until I couldn’t do it, and now I feel like I have missed so much, so many great posts, and feel hopelessly out of touch with the blogging world (although I will be having a good long catch up this afternoon!).

  • Commenting

There’s nothing better than reading a blog post that you really connect with, and being able to express your thoughts on it, or have someone else do the same on your own post. I have really missed getting involved in discussions throughout the blogosphere, and the fact that it has taken me so long to reply to some of the comments I’ve received on my own posts makes me feel pretty bad.

  • Other bloggers

Few people could understand the frustration of being without internet as much as other bloggers, and I have really missed the blogosphere as a whole. Although the blogging world is occasionally rocked by drama and there are a few individuals out there who maybe aren’t so nice (it’s the same everywhere), in general the blogosphere is an incredibly positive place, full of people who just want to share their thoughts and interests with others, and I can’t wait to be back!

  • Having a decent amount of page views

Yes, blogging isn’t all about the numbers, but the sight of my plummeting stats does panic me slightly. Since I haven’t been blogging consistently my page views have dropped considerably, and a part of me does worry that they won’t be as good as they were even when I get back to it, and that I will have lost readers.

So has anyone else ever taken a blogging break (forced or voluntary), and what did you miss about blogging?

20 Responses to “5 Things I’ve Missed About Blogging”

  1. Sara@LibraryHuntress

    I recently came back from a year break (I totally deleted my old book blog), and the main reason why I decided to do this whole thing again is the interaction with other book-minded people 🙂 I really missed reading/commenting on other blogs (which you can do without your own blog, but it’s just not the same), and I missed sharing my thoughts on bookish things and having people give me their input on what I shared. I don’t track stats/numbers anymore, so that one doesn’t apply to me, and I focus more on discussion posts and not specific books (I don’t write reviews), so talking about books doesn’t really apply to me either so yeah for me-it’s mostly about the awesome book blogging community and getting to be a part of that in my own little way 🙂

    Great post and I hope you get back up and running again soon!

    • Laura

      Thanks 🙂
      Being a part of the book blogging community is definitely an amazing thing, so I can see why you would want to come back to it, even after so long. I’m glad you’re back blogging again, and I hope I’ll be back properly soon 🙂

  2. Tori @ Bookish Affairs

    I took a blogging break for nearly two years, and just recently I was thinking about how much I missed it. Honestly, I’m not sure if I can pinpoint exactly what I missed, but I think I can narrow it down to the end product. I like looking at all the posts I wrote show up on the blog and I love having people comment and relate to my posts. It’s just the best feel. Plus, I like messing around with graphics and themes (although I haven’t had a chance to do that much yet… Oh well). Oh and book blogging always encouraged me to read more, so it’s good to be back and reading again. Great discussion! 🙂

    • Laura

      I love that feeling too of just looking back at all your previous posts and thinking ‘I wrote those, and other people actually took the time to read and comment on them!’, and doing stuff like the graphics and getting it looking how you want it is just so satisfying. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  3. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I doubt you’re losing readers, your page views are just going down because of the lack of new content — once you’re back they should go up again. Here’s hoping that your streams of communication are soon working as they should!

    • Laura

      I’m hoping I’ll be back up and running again soon! And I think you’re definitely right about the page views thing – hopefully things will go back to normal once I’m posting normally again 🙂

  4. Kaja

    Ah, I think your readers will be glad to see you once you return. 🙂 It’s just that there’s no point in clicking through to your blog if there’s no new content, so once you get back to posting regularly, your stats should even out again.
    And yeah, having no internet sucks. I don’t often find myself in this situation but if I do, I sometimes pre-write posts (in Word or wherever) so I can post and schedule them in advance once I do get wi-fi. That’s an option – and it’ll make you feel like you’re talking about books again. 🙂 And at least you’ve got books to keep you company!

    • Laura

      Yeah, I’m sure my stats will return to normal again once I’m posting normally again 🙂
      I did intend to do the whole pre-writing post thing, but I’m so disorganised it hasn’t been going all that well, as you can probably tell from the lack of posts! I have definitely read a lot more though since I’ve had no internet, so at least I can look on the bright side there! 🙂

  5. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales

    Sometimes work does just get in the way. When this happens, I really miss reading other blogs, and commenting. And when I’m in a reading slump, I feel guilty that I haven’t reviewed anything in a while like I’m not contributing to the book blogging community!

    • Laura

      It sucks when work gets in the way like that! I always feel guilty when I haven’t reviewed or posted in a while too but really we shouldn’t feel like that. Blogging is a hobby, so it shouldn’t feel like an obligation (which I say now, even though I feel terrible for having posted so little lately!) 🙂

  6. Silvara

    I lost internet for almost a month during the end of October/beginning to middle of November last year. My stats did drop a TON during that time. But within a week or so of me being back, the stats returned as well.

    I had posts scheduled ahead, so there were still reviews being posted on time, but no discussions. And I couldn’t easily respond to comments left. I WAS able to read other blogs at work, but it drove me crazy not being able to update my own blog, or bookmark where I’d commented.

    And the e-mails! I had somewhere around 200-300 e-mails I had to actively deal with once my internet came back. I can read and respond on my phone, but it’s too annoying. So I just deleted everything that was junk or that I knew I wasn’t going to get to. And that still left me that many to deal with when I returned.

    I went from going crazy because I couldn’t blog and respond to stuff, to going crazy TRYING to blog and respond to stuff! *laughs* But it does all even out eventually? And we all understand RL. Not being able to post consistently for however long, shouldn’t run anyone off who actually likes you and your blog.

    • Laura

      It’s really good to hear that you’re stats returned to normal again once you started posting normally again. And that’s true that it shouldn’t put anyone off who likes my blog (it definitely didn’t put me off yours!). Stuff like this just happens I suppose, even if it is super annoying!
      Not being able to respond to comments is one thing I really hate because I feel like I’m being so rude and ignoring people, when people do know the reason why and probably aren’t bothered. I hadn’t even thought of the emails thing though. I dread to think what my inbox looks like right now!

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    So sorry – I don’t know how you can survive without internet! (And, yes, this is a sad commentary on our society and on myself, but it’s totally true.) We’ll still be here when you get back, though!

    Oh, and I just order WoR from The Book Outlet, so I’m glad you’re loving it!!

    • Laura

      Having no internet really is driving me insane, however sad that is! I would say I’ll be so happy to have internet again that I’ll be doing cartwheels, but I’ll be too busy blogging and watching Youtube videos the minute I’m back online! 🙂
      I so hope you enjoy WoR! I just finished it and it is AMAZING!

  8. Jackie

    I don’t think I’ve ever been forced to take a break from blogging, but I do take unplanned breaks every now and then when I’m too distracted by video games to read a book. Mostly, I miss the connection from other bloggers, and I miss the feeling of productivity. I feel quite accomplished after posting something on my blog.

    • Laura

      I really miss that feeling of accomplishment you get when you’ve posted a blog post too. Hopefully I’ll be back to it again soon! 🙂

  9. Greg

    I would have a hard time if my Internet went down, TBH. It’s amazing how dependent we get on the Internet, but I agree- when most people you know are not really bookish, it is nice to have the book blogging community to go to and talk books. It’s kinda like game or scifi conventions or whatever- sure there’s all kinds of different people there, but it feels kinda like home too. So many like minded people…

    Good luck with your Internet situation and I’m sure your numbers will spring back up once you’re posting again. 🙂

    • Laura

      It is pretty crazy how dependent we all are on the internet, and you only realise the full extent of it when you don’t have it and keep turning to it to do things and realise you can’t! That’s true about the book blogging community though – it is kind of like some virtual convention of like-minded people, and I love that! 🙂

  10. Kelly Ann

    I had to miss two months of my blog while it was in its infancy due to illness. My current worry is that people reading it may have abandoned all hope! I really missed having a place to talk about books as the only other person I know that reads doesn’t really read the same stuff as me.

    • Laura

      That sucks that you were ill for two months! 🙁
      I think readers will stick around as long as they realise that you will be back though. I was super worried about that with my blog, but everyone seems to have come back now I’m posting a little more regularly again (although I still have no internet which is annoying!). I think the thing I missed most about it was the whole talking to other people about books thing too.

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